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Tent Pegging

Tent pegging is a sport of the equestrian discipline, where the objective is for a rider to pierce, pick-up and carry a target, with a lance or a sword, as they gallop towards the target. The sport is played in a lot of countries around the world, but is most popular in commonwealth countries.

The targets used for tent pegging have several variations, such as:

Tent pegging competitions vary based on a few factors like, the size and shape of targets, number of consecutive targets, types of weapons allowed, the duration in which the course has to be completed, and the manner in which the target has to be attacked.

In competitions, riders are awarded points for each target based on the execution, with penalties enforced for violations. The rider with the most points at the end of the competition is declared as the winner.

There are several tent pegging competitions conducted at a national level. The most popular and highest level of international competitions for the sport are the Tent Pegging World Cup and the World Championships.

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